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Netanyahu: Israel Will Not Tolerate Drizzle of Rockets

NetanyahuMeeting with Israeli local leaders, Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday emphasized that he won’t tolerate a ‘drizzle’ of rockets into Israel.

Netanyahu thanked the leaders for their support during Operation Protective Edge and added his line that Hamas has been dealt their worst blow during the course of the war since their inception. Read more »

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Obama Thanks Congress for Bipartisan Vote to Aid Syrian Rebels

ObamaPresident Barack Obama thanked congress on Thursday for passing a bill that will train and equip Syrian rebels in their fight against the Islamic State militant group.

The vote passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday and the Senate on Thursday, both chambers passed the bill with bipartisan support. Read more »

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House Unanimously Passes Historic Resolution Condemning Growing Antisemitism

nadlerThe U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution, authored by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Kay Granger (R-TX), condemning the rising tide of anti-Semitism abroad.

The resolution condemns “all forms of anti-Semitism as an acceptable expression of disapproval or frustration over political events in the Middle East or elsewhere.” Read more »

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NY04 – Jewish Republican Bruce Blakeman Trails Kathleen Rice By 47 Points Among Jewish Voters

rice shuk 2Jewish Republican hopeful Bruce Blakeman trails his Democratic opponent Kathleen Rice by 18 points (55-37) in the open seat to replace retiring Representative Carolyn McCarthy in NY’s 4th congressional district, according to a Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College Research poll of likely voters.

Blakeman, vying to replace former House majority leader Eric Cantor as the House’ only Jewish Republican, is still unknown to a majority – 52 percent – of voters in the district, while Rice is far better known. He is also unknown to 43 percent of Republican voters in the district. Read more »

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Anti-Semitic Candidate for US Senate in Kentucky Takes His Anti-Jewish Message to the Air

robert-ransdell4A barely known candidate who’s running for US Senate in Kentucky as a write-in, has infamously made his campaign slogan all about his anti-Jewish views.

Robert Ransdell, who’s running to unseat Republican minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell admitted that he knows winning is not an option, but he’s using the campaign to spread his anti-Semitic views. Read more »

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NBC4: Federal Panel To Clear Christie From Any Wrongdoing In Bridgegate Scandal

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The Justice Department investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s role in “Bridgegate” has so far not been able to find any link between Christie and the closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, federal officials told NBC 4 New York.

While no final determination has been made in the case, federal officials who’ve spoken to NBC believe that Christie will be cleared of any wrongdoing, since after nine months of investigation, authorities have uncovered no information Christie either knew in advance or ordered the closure of traffic lanes. Read more »

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NY11 – Mayor de Blasio Predicts: Recchia Is Going To Win

domenic RecchiaDespite lagging in the polls behind Staten Island’s incumbent congressman, former City Councilman Domenic Recchia is expected to prevail, Mayor Bill de Blasio predicted on Thursday.

“I think Domenic is going to win,” de Blasio told reporters at an unrelated press conference. Read more »

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Antwerp Jewish Community Leaders Host Pre Holiday Meeting with Law Enforcement [Photos]

1Some 100 members of the Jewish community on Wednesday gathered for an informational hearing between local community leaders, heads of Jewish organizations and institutions and local Police leaders in Antwerp, Belgium, in the run up to the Jewish High Holidays. The meeting was organized by the local CKJGA – Shmira group.

The Chief Rabbis of Machzike and Shomrei Hadas communities, as well as Rabbi Pollack, the designated coordinator with the Shmira together; the Corps Chef of Antwerp; heads of DIA and ISRA and the Info coordinator with Brussels, were in attendance. Read more »

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Israeli Museum Unveils Over 1000-Year Ancient Siddur

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(AP). An Israeli museum on Thursday unveiled what it says in the oldest known Jewish prayer book in the world, dating back to the 9th century A.D.

The prayer book, about 10 centimeters (four inches) long and seven centimeters wide, is written in Hebrew, contains about 50 pages, and is still in its original binding. It was donated to the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem by Oklahoma businessman Steve Green, a devout Christian and owner of one of the largest collections of rare biblical artifacts in the world. Read more »

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Top Hamas Leader: Hamas Won This War But We Don’t Want Another One

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(AP) - Hamas does not want another war with Israel, the Islamic militant group’s No. 2 leader said in an interview Thursday, but he suggested more fighting is inevitable unless a deal is reached on ending seven years of Israeli-Egyptian border closures of Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Such a deal remains elusive, in part because Hamas refuses to disarm — a key Israeli condition for lifting the blockade. Hamas also remains locked in bitter disputes with its main rival, the Fatah movement led by Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas, whom the international community views as a central guarantor of any new arrangement for Gaza. Read more »

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City Elected Officials, Community Leaders Call For More Action Combating Rise In Anti-Semitic, Hate Attacks

20140918-144859.jpgNYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Council Members, statewide elected officials and community leaders on Thursday gathered on the steps of City Hall to denounce the sharp increase in anti-Semitic attacks across New York City and demand increased enforcement, in particular in time of the high holiday season.

Councilman David Greenfield, who organized the press conference, said more has to be done – by vocal condemnation and enforcement – than what is already being done to stop the spike in anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish community.

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Renowned Jewish Defendant Alan Dershowitz Launches Limited Series on Sirius XM

Alan dershowitzHarvard law professor, Alan Dershowitz, sometimes called ‘America’s most public Jewish defender,’ has just received a hosting job for a limited run six-episode series on Sirius XM, called Debate Dershowitz.

The program will feature Dershowitz covering a broad spectrum of topics with an emphasis on domestic and international politics. It will launch on Sunday, September 21st at 10:00 am – Noon ET on SiriusXM’s Indie Channel 102. Read more »

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Florida Jewish Leaders Meet With Law Enforcement Officials in Preparation for High Holidays

20140917_113654Tallahassee, FL – An annual pre-High Holiday meeting between Jewish community leaders and Florida Highway Patrol took place on Wednesday in Florida State Police Headquarters in Tallahassee.

In attendance at the meeting were the newly appointed Executive Director of  Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) Terry Rhodes who was recently appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott, Colonel David Brierton; Director of Florida Highway Patrol, Lt. Colonel Kelly Hildreth; Deputy Director for Field Patrol Operations, Lt. Colonel Ernesto Duarte; Deputy Director for Special Services Command, Elizabeth Denmark; Special assistant to the FHP Director Rabbi Mark Rosenberg Chaplain with Florida Highway Patrol and Director of Chesed Shel Emes-Florida Division, Rabbi Schneur Oirechman of Chabad Lubavitch of the Panhandle-Tallahassee, and Dovy Katz of Chesed Shel Emes-Forida.

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Book on Jewish Food Features Intro by Joan Rivers

Joan-Rivers(AP). A few months before she died, Joan Rivers agreed to contribute to a book about Jewish food. She began with some old family stories and some old Jewish jokes. “What does a Jewish woman make for dinner? Reservations.”

“You know how they butcher kosher meat, right? The cows aren’t slaughtered. They’re nagged to death.” Read more »

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Intel Chief: Al-Qaida Cell in Syria Poses Same Threat As ISIS

Syria fighting(AP). The U.S. director of national intelligence says a group of al-Qaida fighters in Syria poses a potential threat to the U.S. homeland equal to that of the Islamic State militants.

James Clapper on Wednesday became the first U.S. intelligence official to use the name of the cell, the Khorasan Group. He spoke at an intelligence conference in Washington. Read more »

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Thousand Rally in Largest Ever Orthodox Jewish Child Safety Awareness Event

JPG23Brooklyn NY – Some thousand members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn crowded into a Crown Heights hall Monday evening for a night of awareness and education of child abuse. The event was in memory of Dave Gordon, a lone soldier in the IDF, a survivor of CSA and an advocate for positive change in the community’s handling of abuse.

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In Impassioned Speech To US Congress, Ukrainian Prez Poroshenko Asks For Military Aid

ukraine president(AP). The president of Ukraine is asking the U.S. to give his soldiers lethal military equipment in its battle against Russian-backed separatists, saying that one cannot win the war or keep the peace with blankets and night vision goggles.

President Barack Obama so far has resisted Ukraine’s request for lethal assistance. The U.S. has provided about $60 million in nonlethal aid. Read more »

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Kibbutz On Gaza Border Celebrates Delayed Bar, Bat Mitzvahs

Credit: Albert Sadikov/JINI/Israel Hayom.

Credit: Albert Sadikov/JINI/Israel Hayom.

(JNS). After three postponements due to rocket fire during Operation Protective Edge, 16 youngsters from Kibbutz Be’eri near the Gaza border were set to celebrate their bar and bat mitzvahs at a joint ceremony on Thursday evening, with an expected 1,500 guests in attendance.

Kibbutz Be’eri suffered significant damage to cars, buildings, and agricultural fields from Gaza rocket fire over the summer. The joint ceremony, an annual tradition at the kibbutz, marks the end of a year-long process for the youngsters. Read more »

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Mother of Slain Naftali Frenkel In Rosh Hashana Video Message: ‘We Are One Family’

naftali frenkelRachel Frenkel, the mother of murdered Israeli teenager Naftali Frenkel, delivered a special message of resilience  ahead of the new year, in a video address to Jewish website Aish.com.

Frenkel urged viewers to turn the national pain Israel has faced over the past several months into a source of inspiration and unity. Read more »

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Ambassador Dermer: ISIS Threat Is An Opportunity For Israel On Iran, Peace Process

ron dermerIsrael’s Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer said Wednesday evening that the insurgence of ISIS in the Middle East gives Israel an opportunity to engage with the moderate Arab world and could help garner support among the International community to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons in a more serious manner than in the past.

In a speech to a bipartisan group of guests at a Rosh Hashanah reception at the Ambassador’s DC residence, Dermer remarked that because of the savagery of ISIS, “there is a growing understanding today of the threats posed by militant Islam.” Read more »

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Report: DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Disliked By Party, President and Donors

Debbie-Wasserman-SchultzDemocratic National Committee Chairwoman, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is apparently in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson ahead of the midterm elections, Politico reported Wednesday.

Even President Barack Obama has lost interest in her, the author of the article notes, that the Obama team was so serious about replacing her after 2012 that they found a replacement candidate to back before deciding against it. Read more »

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Pope Francis Meets Jewish Leaders At The Vatican In Honor Of Rosh Hashana

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Pope Francis on Wednesday met with a delegation of 40 world Jewish leaders at the Casa Santa Marta, his residence in the Vatican, in honor of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

Among those attending the event were World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder, Latin American Jewish Congress President Jack Terpins, WJC Treasurer Chella Safra and a number of Jewish community heads and senior WJC officials, Vatican Radio reported. Read more »

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NY01 – Jewish Republican Hopeful Lee Zeldin Trails Rep. Bishop By 10 Points

Lee ZeldinJewish Republican congressional candidate, State Senator Lee Zeldin is trailing incumbent Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop by 10 points (51-41), according to a Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena Research poll of likely voters in NY’s 1st congressional district.

Despite running in the past, and profiled as a possible Jewish Republican successor of former House majority leader Eric Cantor, who was defeated in a June primary, Zeldin is still unknown to some 32 percent of voters in the district. Read more »

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Brooklyn Boro President Adams Hosts Emergency Preparedness Forum With OEM [Photos]

2014-09-16 18.17.01On Tuesday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosted a forum on emergency preparedness and hurricane readiness with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Commissioner Joseph Esposito in the courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall.

The Representatives of the Orthodox Jewish community and other communities in Brooklyn, along with representatives from the NYPD and FDNY, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the American Red Cross, Con Edison, and National Grid, discussed the plans in place with city agencies as well as the procedures for citizens to follow during a natural disaster, such as Superstorm Sandy, or in man-made catastrophes, such as the attacks on September 11, 2001. Read more »

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Jailed Palestinian Leader Barghouti: Gaza War Was A Victory For Palestinians

Marwan BarghoutiThe war in Gaza was a victory for Palestinians, and the focus must now shift to a boycott that makes Israel’s occupation of the West Bank too costly to bear, Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader serving life in prison, said in an interview with Reuters.

In answers to questions submitted by Reuters via the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, Barghouti urged the Palestinians to confront Israel’s over its occupation of Palestinian territory, a strategy sharply at odds with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Read more »

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